Bridgewater Systems Announces Service Control Solution for Fixed Mobile Convergence Networks



    Subscriber authentication and session management solution enables
    seamless subscriber experience across converged networks

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Bridgewater Systems (TSX: BWC) today
announced its industry-leading AAA Service Controller supports 3GPP compliant
fixed mobile convergence (FMC) deployments based on Unlicensed Mobile Access
(UMA), Voice Call Continuity (VCC) and Wireless LAN (WLAN) architectures. The
Bridgewater(R) FMC solution allows GSM/UMTS and fixed service providers
worldwide to meet the challenges of supporting subscribers dynamically across
whichever access network they choose, and provide a seamless subscriber
service experience, operational efficiencies, and a migration path to support
Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and converged IMS core networks.
    Service providers deploying FMC services face challenges in managing a
secure and seamless subscriber experience including ensuring subscribers from
different networks are easily authenticated and authorized for access,
avoiding duplicate subscriber databases which increase OPEX and network
complexity, and reducing revenue leakage due to inability to manage subscriber
session records for billing. Originally designed to handle authentication for
voice services only, legacy systems such as the Home Location Register (HLR)
will also need to support incremental performance requirements to handle the
burgeoning demand for access to IP services.
    Widely deployed and proven in the most demanding Tier 1 service provider
networks, the Bridgewater Systems(TM) AAA Service Controller relieves these
challenges by providing robust Authentication, Authorization and Accounting
(AAA) services, together with a proven subscriber data management foundation
to support FMC architectures including UMA, WLAN Interworking and
IMS/SIP-based Voice Call Continuity.
    "The AAA Service Controller has long been recognized as meeting
carrier-class requirements for performance and scalability, and enabling a
unified subscriber view across networks," said Farshid Mohammadi, vice
president of product line management for Bridgewater Systems. "Coupled with
proven interoperability in multi-vendor, multi-network environments, the AAA
Service Controller provides a key service control component that enables a
seamless subscriber experience in a range of FMC architectures including UMA,
WLAN Interworking and IMS Voice Call Continuity."
    As a standards-based 3GPP AAA solution, the AAA Service Controller
enables mobile and fixed operators to offer FMC services across a number of
access networks (WLAN, GSM/UMTS, UMA/GAN, Femtocells), even as subscribers
hand off between them in real time. The AAA Service Controller features
support for EAP SIM/AKA authentication and authorization via a MAP/Diameter
interface with HLR/HSS. The solution also offers carrier-grade fast
re-authentication support to optimize performance by minimizing the
authentication load on legacy elements such as the HLR.
    The Bridgewater FMC solution also features optional support for
accounting session streaming to back end billing systems and centralized IP
address management capabilities. Network and radio agnostic, this integrated
solution enables nomadic and active handoffs between networks. In addition to
Bridgewater's extensive interoperability with a broad range of OSS/BSS,
network element, and application platform vendors, Bridgewater is working with
a number of partners to support integration in best of breed FMC deployments.
    Meet with Bridgewater Systems at Mobile World Congress - Stand 1G59 Hall
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    About Bridgewater Systems

    Bridgewater Systems develops subscriber-centric service control
solutions, including access control and policy management software for fixed,
mobile and converged networks. Using Bridgewater solutions, global service
providers can offer personalized services and experiences to their subscribers
by maintaining a real time policy that controls how subscribers interact with
networks, services, and their devices. Vendor-neutral and access network
agnostic, Bridgewater's carrier-class solutions help global service providers
launch new services faster, target them more accurately, and maximize profits
by creating a decision point that brings dynamic subscriber context to
controlling and merchandizing the subscriber interaction with IP-based
services. More than 90 leading service providers around the globe including
Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, Bell Mobility and SmarTone-Vodafone trust
Bridgewater's technology to help them deliver world-class services.
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    Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements
or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities
laws and are made pursuant to the "safe harbour" provisions of such laws.
Statements related to potential benefits of, and demand for, Bridgewater's
products including statements with respect to the features and benefits that
may be achieved through the use of Bridgewater's products and the relative
position of these products vis-à-vis competitive offerings in the industry are
forward-looking statements which are subject to certain assumptions, risks and
uncertainties. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such
statements. Risk factors that may cause the actual results, performance or
achievements of Bridgewater to differ materially from the results,
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forward-looking statements can be found in the public documents filed by
Bridgewater from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities.
Bridgewater assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise.





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